BOARS and RACCOONS



WRATH OR RATH

NEW!  🐗  BACON ON THE HOOF

RUSSIAN, FERAL AND DOMESTIC HYBRIDS
In addition to the snakes we now have an epidemic of wild feral hogs (super destructive and dangerous mini bulldozers) who  find the Florida climate enduring.  They get frequent copulation miles for reproduction and range from Texas, Mi, AL and GA.

Wild boar attacks on humans are not common but do occur occasionally due to stupidity. Usually, the boars, like most wild animals, will avoid interactions with humans unless cornered and they a like an MMA fighter in the Octagon. 

Fast, razor sharp tusks that will slice you open.  But a sow with piglets, she has the same tusks as the males is another story and will fight too, and they are fiercely protective. The don’t feint as often as people think, if they charge, it is a train off the rails. Best bet is a tree.

Due to the clearing of natural boar habitats, the number of interactions, including aggressive ones, between humans and boars has increased.   When dealing aggressively with a human, boars will charge at them. Sometimes, these may be bluff charges, but again the second will be the real thing.

But, in other cases, violent contact will be made. While the impact of the large, hard-skulled head may cause considerable damage itself, most damage is inflicted by the boar’s tusk. 

When ramming into a person, the boar will slash the tusks upwards, creating sizable open lacerations on the skin. Due to the height of the boar relative to a human, most wounds are inflicted to the upper legs.  Catch an artery and you are in trouble.  Since pigs mate frequently, very frequently, many are pregnant while weaning their last batch, pigs multiply faster then a third grade class.

And the Russian Boars that escaped from a game preserve in the Carolinas which are very big, very nasty and easily provoked now have mated with non-feral huge pigs producing monsters.  Russian boars, feral pigs and domestic pigs creates huge animals of unknown characteristics.  The good part is Florida is liberal on pig-hunting and the bacon don’t get any better of fresher if you know what you are doing.

Some attacks are provoked, such as when hunters wound a boar which then counterattacks.  Male boars become most aggressive during the mating season and may charge at humans at such times. Occasionally, female boars will attack if they feel their piglets are threatened, especially if a human physically comes between them and their young.  Although a majority of boar attack victims recover with medical treatment, fatalities do occasionally occur.  Note these pigs are omnivorous, and eat more than plants.

The wild hogs (Sus scrofa) are not native to Florida and may have been introduced by Spanish explorer Hernando DeSoto as early as 1539.   Wild hogs occur in all of Floridas 67 counties within a wide variety of habitats, but prefer oak-cabbage palm hammocks, freshwater marshes and sloughs and pine flat woods. They can reach weights of more than 150 pounds and be 5-6 feet long. They usually travel in small family groups or alone. When mated with domestics and or Russian Boars they easily can double in weight size.

Wild hogs eat a variety of plants and animals and feed by rooting with their broad snouts. They may cause disturbance of the soil and ground cover vegetation and leave the area looking like a plowed field.

Trying to prevent wild hogs from coming onto your property is usually futile, but adequate fencing can keep them out of small yards and gardens. On private property, nuisance hogs may be trapped using pens with trap doors and baited with acorns or old corn. Trapped animals may not be released on public land, and can only be released on private property with landowner permission.


HUNTING

Wild hogs are legally defined as wildlife and are a popular species to hunt.  

On private property with landowner permission, wild hogs may be trapped and hunted year round using any legal to own rifle, shotgun, crossbow, bow, pistol or air gun (including air bow). 

There is no size or bag limit, and you may harvest either sex. Also, no hunting license is required.

A gun and light at night permit is not required to take wild hogs with a gun and light on private lands with landowner permission.

Florida's Limited Entry/Quota Hunt Programs offer quality public hunting opportunities and prevent overcrowding, while controlling the harvest of game on wildlife management areas.

On wildlife management areas (WMAs), hogs may be taken during most hunting seasons, except spring turkey.
But, if it
s during archery season, you must use a bow.  
During muzzleloading gun season, you can only use a muzzleloader.
You need a management area permit and any other necessary permits to hunt wild hogs during particular seasons on WMAs - where on some, daily bag limits on wild hogs do apply, and on a few, there's even a minimum size limit on what you can take.
On wildlife management areas, you may not use a gun and light at night.


BEST HOG HUNTING WMAS

Northwest Region - Aucilla, Blackwater Hutton Unit, portions of Blackwater, Apalachicola Bradwell Unit, Choctawhatchee River and portions of Joe Budd

North Central Region - Andrews, Flying Eagle, Big Bend Hickory Mound Unit, Big Bend Snipe Island Unit, Big Bend Tide Swamp Unit, Mallory Swamp, Steinhatchee Springs and Devil's Hammock

Northeast Region - Tosohatchee is the best hog area where hunters get to use dogs.  In terms of sheer numbers of hogs taken, Three Lakes typically is tops, followed by Tosohatchee, Triple N Ranch, Guana River, Bull Creek, Three Lakes Prairie Lakes Unit and Fort Drum.

Southwest Region - Green Swamp has the largest harvest each year, followed by Green Swamp West, Babcock/Webb, Chassahowitzka and Myakka State Forest.

South Region - Dinner Island Ranch, J.W. Corbett, Dupuis, Okaloacoochee Slough, Allapattah Flats and Hungryland


   RABIES and RACCOONS

And Rabies amongst our raccoons is on the upswing though we have air-poisoned them with pellets for two years now. Cute and cuddly, rabies shots are no fun.   There are few public health threats as concerning as the spread of rabies. A bite or scratch from an infected animal can spread this deadly viral disease from animal to animal or animal to person. 

We loaded our high wing Cessna with doors off the right side and flew patterns dropping Raccoon biscuits with an area covering almost two counties. They were medicated to prevent rabies in raccoons.

The most common carriers of rabies in Florida are coyotes, bats, foxes and most frequently it’s the raccoons. Diseased animals may behave differently than healthy ones. 

They may stagger, behave aggressively, be out at times of the day when they wouldn’t normally, nocturnal raccoons active during the day and may salivate excessively or "foam at the mouth.” 

Again a bite or scratch from an infected animal can spread this deadly viral disease from animal to animal or animal to person.   If you capture or trap one DO NOT relocate raccoons; it is against the law in most Florida Counties.  Relocating a raccoon is illegal and leads to fighting among raccoons and the spread of disease.   

Since rabies is such a dangerous disease, the most important way to protect yourself and your pets is to prevention of contact with rabies. Also, keep your pet’s rabies vaccinations current (dogs, cats, ferrets, sheep, horses and cattle). 

 

🚽OUTDOOR COMMON SENSE

  • Do not feed or interact with wildlife or strays.
  • Do not leave out food outdoors for pets or wildlife. 
  • Bury very deep your leftover and poop cover with cayenne or Pepper
  •  Comply with leash laws. 
  • Report animal bites or scratches to Animal Services.  
  • Make sure your pet gets and wears their rabies vaccination tags. They should also wear a tag with their name and your address and phone number, and microchip your pet to insure his/her records can be found.  
  • Keep your pets under direct supervision incase they encounter strays or wild animals.  
  • Keep them in a fenced yard or on a leash.  
  • If a stray or wild animal bites your pet, seek veterinary assistance for your pet immediately.  
  • Never adopt wild animals or bring them into your home. 
  • Do not try to nurse sick animals to health. 
  • Call Animal Services or an animal rescue agency for assistance.  
  • Teach children never to handle unfamiliar animals, wild or domestic, even if they appear friendly. 
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